Eurobites: Nokia, TeliaSonera Rev Up LTE-A

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia's new 5G architecture; carrier billing in South Africa; Sigfox seeks more investment.

  • Nokia Networks and Nordic operator Telia Company are laying claim to a new speed record, achieving data transfer rates of 375 Mbit/s on a commercial network using LTE-Advanced three-band carrier aggregation on Category 9 devices. The demonstration was carried out on TeliaSonera's Helsinki network, combining three LTE FDD carriers of 20MHz, 20MHz and 10MHz.

  • In other Nokia news, the vendor is trumpeting the launch of its new programmable 5G architecture, which, Nokia says, "overcomes the rigidity of legacy networks." For more details of the new architecture, see this press release.

  • Telkom SA Ltd. (NYSE/Johannesburg: TKG), Bango Inc. and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) have joined forces to offer those Telkom SA customers with Android-powered smartphones carrier billing for Google Play goods and services. Carrier billing allows mobile customers to add the cost of goods and services bought through their smartphones to their mobile bills. The deal means the South African operator's customers will be able to purchase Google Play items with a single click and pay at the end of the month as part of their mobile bill -- here at cash-conscious Eurobites Towers we classify that as convenient and dangerous (to the bank account).

  • Sigfox , the French company with ambitions to build a global network dedicated to the Internet of Things, is looking to raise at least $200 million in fresh financing, reports Bloomberg. Earlier this year Sigfox raised $115 million in financing from Telefónica , NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) and others. (See Sigfox Plans Global IoT Network.)

  • Saudi Telecom Co. (STC) is planning to spend another $1 billion in what's left of 2015 on upgrading its networks to better cope with the data deluge, reports Gulf Business.

  • US-based CommScope Inc. has opened a new antenna manufacturing facility in Brno, Czech Republic. The facility will produce basestation antennas for mobile operators across Europe, bringing, says CommScope, shorter delivery lead times.

  • BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has entered into a global framework agreement with Rajant, which specializes in kinetic mesh technology for private wireless networks. BT hopes that the partnership will boost its credentials in the burgeoning Internet of Things sector, allowing its global network to reach deeper into the industrial operations of its customers.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • [email protected] 9/2/2015 | 8:05:01 AM
    Very fast, yes, but what is the biz case? 375 Mbit/s over a cellular connection - that is impressive indeed!!

    Even more impressive would be a business case (inc. cost analysis) for offering such a service on a commercial basis.

    NOTE -- I am not doubting that one exists, I am just wondering what it is.
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